Michael has been a studio potter since 1993. He studied pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee and holds a BFA. He also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. After teaching pottery the Westside YMCA in New York City he joined Mark Shapiro in Worthington , MA and built a studio and kiln at Stonepool Pottery. In 1993 Michael began his Okra Pottery Studio. He designed and created wood fired-salt glazed tableware with a botanical theme in Massachusetts until 1998 when he was awarded a Resident Artist position at the Penland School of Crafts. At Penland Michael developed a body of work in translucent porcelain. In addition to the porcelain work Michael developed a body of larger scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina. At the end of his tenure as Resident Artist Michael designed a kiln to fire his new body of stoneware. The kiln is designed to fire exclusively with remainder/ waste wood from local lumbermills. The kiln also is large enough to fire his large scale pottery as well his tableware. The kiln is fired six times a year. The new stoneware features Michael's botanical themes as well as traditional glass “runs”. Michael lives in Bakersville, North Carolina with his wife/goldsmith Stacey Lane. They have two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian. Michael is quite active with his highly visited blog page "Sawdust and Dirt." You can visit him at http://www.michaelklinepottery.blogspot.com/.